Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country.
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As we were finalizing this issue of #ResistReport, the Department of Justice announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This important win for activism belongs to everyone who has worked to resist efforts to impede this important investigation. However, concerns remain. Vox reports that Mueller will still be “directly answerable to the attorney general.” Watch this space in the coming weeks to see what activism is still needed.
- Keep defending health care. From Virginia to California, you made the most of Payback Recess at town halls and die-ins across the country to hold the House of Representatives accountable for the shameful vote to pass TrumpCare, also called the AHCA. Now it’s time to start making sure your Senators know that if they pass this bill, they can expect the same constituent outrage the House saw. Need a refresher on the rest of the AHCA’s path to becoming law? Read TrumpCare Passed the House: Now What?
- Prevent the next financial crisis and resist attempts to deregulate Wall Street. Once they are back from recess, the House is planning to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), a bill that will deregulate Wall Street and drastically weaken consumer protections against financial abuses. Here’s your script for making calls.
- #MarchForTruth on Saturday, June 3, to raise your voice and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers. The legitimacy of our outweighs the interests of any party or any president. Call for a fair and impartial investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, demand the pursuit of truth and resist obstruction of justice. Marches are being held in more than 50 cities across the country so far. No march in your city yet? Sign up to host one here.
- Many more ways to resist can be found here, courtesy of Jen Hofmann.
- Reaffirm how much womxn of color owe black womxn and their historic and continued labor: Read “In Solidarity: How Non-Black Womxn of Color Stand Upon the Shoulders of Black Womxn.”
- Dig into Pacific Islander identities and learn their stake in the upcoming Census, thanks to this piece from the Urban Institute.
- Check out this piece reframing the “model minority myth” with a class privilege analysis.
- Investigate the struggle for Palestinian justice and its roots in settler colonialism, state violence, and surveillance of communities of color.
- Searching for healing through poetry and prose? Check out this healing packet, crafted by a Womxn of Color in Solidarity collective.
- Introducing the IndivisiBlog: Indivisible, which has been key in the efforts to resist dangerous Trump policies, now offers a blog, featuring in-depth analysis from the Indivisible team, groups, and allies. Check out the first post, where Indivisible’s Executive Director Ezra Levin reflects on Indivisible’s roots and impacts thus far helping to resist dangerous, undemocratic policies. In the newest post, he explores the development of the Indivisible organization and how it supports the broader movement.
- Adopt-a-District: After their disastrous vote for TrumpCare, some representatives seem to be set on hiding from their constituents. If you’re not getting the answers you need from your congressperson, check out the new Adopt-a-District Guide. You can connect with a neighboring district whose member is willing to step in and help out—or, if your representative voted no, you can connect them to a nearby district that isn’t being heard by their own congressperson. This strategy is already catching on around the country—check out how your group can make an adopted town hall happen near you: Adopt-a-District Guide.
Tools and Toolkits:
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS IN THE BAY AREA
- March with other advocates at the “Oil Money Out March and Rally” in Sacramento on Saturday 5/20 at 12 p.m.
- Read, debate, celebrate: Join over 100 writers and 50 events for the Oakland Book Festival, including legends like Angela Davis and Judith Butler. Sunday 5/21 starting at 11 a.m.
- Hear from US Rep. Barbara Lee and two special guests for a “Presidential Accountability Town Hall” on Sunday 5/21 at 2 p.m.
- Listen to Cephus Johnson, uncle of police shooting victim Oscar Grant, and his talk, “Healing Through Resistance: Families Confront the Crisis of State Sponsored Violence in 21st Century America.” Sunday 5/21 at 7 p.m. in Walnut Creek.
- Learn your rights as a restaurant owner and protect your immigrant workers! Meet at Luka’s on Monday 5/22 at 10 a.m.
- Meet a Muslim and engage in honest dialogue. Next event in San Rafael, Tuesday 5/23 at 2 p.m.
- Attend a panel discussion on the power of hotel workers, role of consumers, and responsibility of tech workers: Wednesday 5/24 at 6
BAY AREA ARTS EVENTS
- Celebrate outside with community at Oakland’s 17th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Festival on Saturday 5/20 at 11 a.m.
- Join artists, culture workers, and community members to kick-off EMERGENCE 2017 at ProArts on Saturday 5/20 at 6 p.m.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
- Racist Voter ID Law in North Carolina Denied: On Monday 5/15, the Supreme Court refused to “revive a restrictive NC voting law that a federal appeals court has struck down as an unconstitutional effort to ‘target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.’” The initial law invalidated identification disproportionately used by African Americans: The Supreme Court refusal to hear the case leaves in place the federal appeals court determination that the law was unconstitutional. Curiously enough, NC failed to identify a single case of in-person voter fraud, the supposed justification for the law.
- US Bank Becomes First Major Bank to Stop Financing Pipeline Construction: In response to ongoing pressure from MN350, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy Coalition, Honor the Earth, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and others, US Bank has become the first major U.S. bank to “formally exclude gas and oil pipelines from their project financing,” a development announced at its annual shareholders meeting in Nashville. This new policy also holds bank relationships with clients in the oil and gas industries to “enhanced due diligence processes.” Advocates hope this new policy will govern recent commitments with Energy Transfer Partners and Enbridge Energy. More here.
- Indigenous Coalition Activists Disrupt JPMorganChase Shareholders Meeting, Demand #DefundTarSands: On Tuesday 5/16, indigenous activist Jackie Fielder of the SF Defund DAPL Coalition and Mazaska Talks, delivered a joint letter calling on the bank to respect “indigenous human rights and protect the climate.”
- Young Black Public Servants Seek Office Across U.S.: From Georgia to Maryland, Nevada to Massachusetts, large numbers of young African Americans plan to run for office to represent their communities. The proposed strategy: “Rather than pivoting to the center…Democrats should redouble their focus on registering and energizing blacks, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans, as well as young and low-income voters, who often decline to participate in politics.”
- Onward Together Funds “Resistance” Groups Like Color of Change: On Monday 5/15, Hillary Clinton launched Onward Together, a 501(c)4 with connected PAC, “to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office.” Funded groups include Color of Change, Indivisible and many more.
- Levi Strauss Foundation Pledges $1 Million to Protect and Empower Marginalized Communities: On Wednesday 5/17, the Levi Strauss Foundation pledged $1 million to a variety of grantees that “protect the civil liberties of highly vulnerable communities across the United States and abroad, including immigrants, refugees, the transgender community, and religious minorities.” National-level awardees include Define American, Live Free, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Transgender Law Center, and United We Dream. Bay Area grantees include Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, CAIR SF, Causa Justa::Just Cause, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, and Pangea Legal Services.
AND FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART (actually, 2 things this time)
- API artist Jess X Snow shares a #BriefButSpectacular take on why migration is natural and borders are not: “When people’s families and lives are policed by borders, the result is that young immigrants grow up feeling like their identities are divided.”
- Bay Area legend Lateefah Simon served as the Mills College Class of 2017 Commencement Speaker on Saturday 5/13, when she also accepted her BA in Public Policy. Beautiful story here.
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